Gregg Wright
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Gregg Wright

Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1978 | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1978
Band Blues Blues Rock

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Sep
27
Gregg Wright @ The Orkney Blues Festival

Scotland, United Kingdom

Scotland, United Kingdom

Sep
28
Gregg Wright @ The Orkney Blues Festival

Scotland, United Kingdom

Scotland, United Kingdom

Sep
29
Gregg Wright @ The Orkney Blues Festival

Scotland, United Kingdom

Scotland, United Kingdom

Oct
03
Gregg Wright @ MacArts

Galashiels, Scotland, United Kingdom

Galashiels, Scotland, United Kingdom

May
25
Gregg Wright @ Drew & Willie's Sports Bar

Denham Springs, Louisiana, United States

Denham Springs, Louisiana, United States

May
18
Gregg Wright @ Red Dragon Listening Room

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Aug
13
Gregg Wright @ Phil Brady's Bar & Grill

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Aug
12
Gregg Wright @ TimeOut Lounge

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Jul
17
Gregg Wright @ Biscuits & Blues

San Francisco, California, United States

San Francisco, California, United States

Jul
16
Gregg Wright @ Little Lou's BBQ

Campbell, California, United States

Campbell, California, United States

Jul
16
Gregg Wright @ Pleasant Hill Park

Pleasant Hill, California, United States

Pleasant Hill, California, United States

Jul
15
Gregg Wright @ Poor House Bistro

San Jose, California, United States

San Jose, California, United States

Apr
10
Gregg Wright @ Baton Rouge Blues Festival

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Feb
18
Gregg Wright @ Inglewood Farmers Market

Inglewood, California, United States

Inglewood, California, United States

Jan
21
Gregg Wright @ Inglewood Farmers Market

Inglewood, California, United States

Inglewood, California, United States

Music

Press


Early Blues.com music journalist Alan White interviews Gregg Wright at England's Carlisle Blues Festival. - www.earlyblues.com


Early Blues.com music journalist Alan White interviews Gregg Wright at England's Carlisle Blues Festival. - www.earlyblues.com


"This album places Gregg Wright in the top echelons of the great blues guitarists!" - Blues Matters

"Killer guitar and powerful vocals . . . a well produced, great sounding CD!" - Electric Blues Radio

"Bluesman Gregg Wright breathes fire and sizzles with a powerful band to underscore his skyrocket guitar!" - Southland Blues

"Killer Blues CD . . . should be a Grammy nominee!" - iTunes review

Available at: iTunes, CD Baby, GreggWright.com, Amazon, and Amoeba Records.
- Blues Matters


The International Blues, Blues/Rock &"real" R&B Review Magazine
(used by permission)

Gregg Wright is no stranger in these parts - he is welcomed onto the stage by the full house, and I mean the full house! The place is awash with people! He is given a hero's welcome, and he sets about bringing the house down round our heads in no time at all. This man is not given to gentle introductions or any formalities - he's straight down to business and his business is Rocking Blues. If you like your Blues dosed up in small easy to swallow chunks, then don't bother coming. Gregg's medicine is served up in massive infusions straight into the jugular. Overdoses are regular and the poor victims are seen staggering down the stairs, at intervals, and at the end of the evening's session. There is no antidote available at these gigs so I'm afraid to say that victims have to "cold turkey" it out post performance! His rhythm section are once again renegades from the Motel Kings and they maintain the high octane performance demanded by the Schumacher of Rocking Blues. Musos in the audience had eyes like kids in Toys 'R' Us just before Christmas. Several surreptitiously played air guitars during some of the numbers and were singing along to many a song and psalm from the Gregg Wright Book of Hymnals.

His set contains a nice mix of golden Blues oldies and familiar anthems and stirred in are several numbers off his new CD (Lightning Strike). Now this is the only disappointment of the evening - Gregg's agent has forgotten to get copies of the new album out to him - they are still in Cambridge while he's here in Sunny South Wales! Now I ask you! The problem is solved as Gregg will write out receipts for monies taken for the CD and will dispatch the goods to Louise and Terry by the following week where purchaser's can pick them up. He wrote out a great many receipts at the end of the evening I can tell you!

The crowd not only like this guy, they love and trust him! Songs played this evening from the album included "Nocturne" which has a swampy New Orleans southern slant to it as does "Mamma Made Gumbo". "Fast One" is another from the new CD aired this night. Old regulars featured were Hendrix's "Red House" and a superb rendition of Albert King's "Blues Before Sunrise" which had me tingling all over that night for the latter half was harmonica man, Richard J. Smith, who added a few nice touches to the glittering guitar work by Gregg. Before you know it was all over and and an encore ensued - luckily - otherwise there may have been a riot! This was the long and loud, but well worth the wait and assault on the ear drums, "Crank It Up".

As I said, Gregg hung around to sign receipts and also several autographs and posters for the admiring crowd. This, I believe, is his only stop over in Wales and audience and band made the most of it. Next year we will have to get a few more venues sorted for him. Another great night. And by that I DO mean as great as Queen Elizabeth I, Winston Churchill, Isaac Newton...... Diane Gillard - Sister Feelgood

Editor wanted to do a bit here as this was a most exciting night. This guy is awesome and then some. Anyone at the Wirral Guitar Festival can vouch for that as he turned it on again there. It was grand to sit and talk to the man naked (without guitar in hand) prior to the gig and to be hit by such a high octane performance of such power and intensity in such a laid back manner left me breathless.....'D'
"Listen to the sound of the Guitar Man" - Intl Blues, Blues/Rock &


Below is a review from Ashwyn Smythe's, Digital Blues Newsletter

Up at the Retreat at Bocking, a fabulous little pub venue with an excellent restaurant and some very fine ales, guitarist, songwriter, singer, producer and genuinely really nice guy, Gregg Wright, turned up the heat to Californian levels when he made his third visit towards the end of May. I had heard and read much about Gregg and Alan at the Retreat had been raving about him. For those who don’t know and have not been reading the Bluesletters! Gregg is a consummate musician who has played with the likes of Spencer Davis, the Gap Band, Mick Fleetwood and accompanied Michael Jackson on tour where he nearly eclipsed MJ, not an easy thing to do, and some would say not a wise thing to do!!!

Gregg’s recently released CD, “Lightning Strikes!!!” is an excellent showcase for his talent featuring a fine variety of numbers. But it does not fully prepare you for the live performance! A left-handed player who plays his guitar upside down! Gregg absolutely blew the rapt audience at the Retreat away. With a rhythm section comprising Adam Clarkson, lead guitarist with the Motel Kings, on bass and the excellent Rick Kent on drums, Gregg’s two sets were spellbinding. Whether playing Hendrix (and if you closed your eyes you could well have believed that you were Jimi had been resurrected and was on stage at the retreat!), his own material or any of the other numbers he played, Gregg’s guitar mastery left the audience totally in awe. As one local left-handed guitar ace said to me at the interval, “After that, there are several numbers in
my set which I’ll never play again!” What an evening! Gregg is back in November, make sure you catch him for a real Experience! - Ashwyn Smythe's Digital Blues Newsletter


Gregg Wright - Pacific Road,
Sunday 17th November

Conclusion - A strange way to start with the end, but Gregg Wright is a very gifted musician who put on an exceptional show at Birkenhead¹s Pacific Road Theatre. Obvious influences can be drawn between Gregg and Jimi Hendrix - both left handed, both play Strats, both are exceptional showmen, and both are guitarists supreme. That¹s the comparisons out of the way, so what are we left with? Judging by the crowds reaction and Gregg Wright¹s performance in Wirral, this a guy who is clearly his own person, has his own style and is a musician born to play the guitar. Gregg¹s concert, part of Wirral's International Guitar Festival of Great Britain, was on a sunday, not the most rock n' roll of days, but after almost two hours of blistering guitar play all of the captivated audience forgot it was back to work in the morning. His two set performance kicked off with some blues based tunes, all with a hard edge yet retaining the delicacy of a master craftsman at work. He showed excellent craft and guile on his red Strat, before going into Nocturn, and the the Albert King classic, born Under A Bad Sign - he sang'If it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all,' Fortunately all the luck in the world was on our side to be here tonight!. He mixed almost traditional blues licks with power based runs, so don't be fooled into thinking all Gregg Wright can do is play the blues - this guy has more depth then the Atlantic Ocean! His three piece band - featuring bassist Adam Clarkson and drummer and local boy, Chris Jago - offered great backing to the guitarist as their sound gelled and filled the theatre. Another Albert King song - Blues At Sunrise - followed, offering a more traditional blues sound, before ripping into the old Spencer Davis number, I'm A Man. Starting out faithful to the original song, it soon morphed into an extended jam featuring a series of Egyptian themes. By now it was obvious to everyone around, that the performance was probably going to be one of the Festival's highlights, and it was unlikely to be beaten during the 10 day period. Time for a break, before the second set began with a rolling blues based number, leading into Hoodoo Man (with its very Tony Joe White feel), and featuring some lovely bottleneck. Mother (?) Makes a Gumbo was next, in which Gregg explained the delicacies of this southern dish - bit more notice Gregg and I'll bring over a bowl of Scouse (potatoes, onions, carrots, peas, meat and whatever you want) for you to try!!! Then - especially brilliant for me as big Cream fan - he then performed a breakneck version of the Robert Johnson classic, Crossroads. A House Divided next, soulful and emotive, before going into an extensive solo guitar break, in which Gregg played a plethora of styles. He told the audience, 'This is a guitar festival, so.....; His guitar playing is astonishing, ripping out sounds, screeches, feedback - a masterful display reminiscent of (whisper it....Jimi Hendrix). Off the band went only to be encouraged back for an encore of Voodoo Chile. Again it started out cloned to the original, but soon Gregg Wright was stamping his own brand on it. Foe around 15 minutes he beguiled the audience before bringing the band back in and drawing it all to a close. Conclusion - If there is to be a better guitar performance seen at this years festival, it will have to go some way to beat Gregg Wright - a multi talented guitarist, gifted, dextrous, a guitarist which, if you have the chance, GO AND SEE HIM! Thanks Gregg for a great gig, come back next year, in fact, come back next week...move over Rover, Gregg's takin' over!! Web Site: http://www.greggwright.com/
- Reviewd by Maddie 17th November 2002 - Birkenhead's Pacific Road Theater


Below is a review from Ashwyn Smythe's, Digital Blues Newsletter

Up at the Retreat at Bocking, a fabulous little pub venue with an excellent restaurant and some very fine ales, guitarist, songwriter, singer, producer and genuinely really nice guy, Gregg Wright, turned up the heat to Californian levels when he made his third visit towards the end of May. I had heard and read much about Gregg and Alan at the Retreat had been raving about him. For those who don’t know and have not been reading the Bluesletters! Gregg is a consummate musician who has played with the likes of Spencer Davis, the Gap Band, Mick Fleetwood and accompanied Michael Jackson on tour where he nearly eclipsed MJ, not an easy thing to do, and some would say not a wise thing to do!!!

Gregg’s recently released CD, “Lightning Strikes!!!” is an excellent showcase for his talent featuring a fine variety of numbers. But it does not fully prepare you for the live performance! A left-handed player who plays his guitar upside down! Gregg absolutely blew the rapt audience at the Retreat away. With a rhythm section comprising Adam Clarkson, lead guitarist with the Motel Kings, on bass and the excellent Rick Kent on drums, Gregg’s two sets were spellbinding. Whether playing Hendrix (and if you closed your eyes you could well have believed that you were Jimi had been resurrected and was on stage at the retreat!), his own material or any of the other numbers he played, Gregg’s guitar mastery left the audience totally in awe. As one local left-handed guitar ace said to me at the interval, “After that, there are several numbers in
my set which I’ll never play again!” What an evening! Gregg is back in November, make sure you catch him for a real Experience! - Ashwyn Smythe's Digital Blues Newsletter


Gregg Wright Band ­ Pacific Road


Californian based Gregg¹s first visit to the Festival and what a welcome he received. A full house again at Pacific Road to see what must be one of the most innovative guitarists of our time. Not only is he a great player but he even makes it more difficult by playing a right-handed guitar left handed ­ but still strung right handed! In other words the guitar is in effect upside down. He later told me that this was how he learned to play and although he can play right handed he can¹t play so well that way. Whatever the background this was a superb performance. The three-piece band was made up of Gregg on guitar and vocals, Norfolk based Adam Clarkson on Bass and excellent local drummer Chris Jacob on drums. Some may know Chris as the drummer with local band Funky Monks. During the night Gregg played two Stratocasters. His Hendrixesque style and influences are clear but Gregg is his own man and puts his own stamp on every song he plays. Also worth a mention are his excellent vocals which can easily be overlooked given his outstanding ability on guitar. In every sense this was a first class performance.

The two set gig comprised a mixture of self penned material and covers of great blues/rock classics such as Albert Kings Born Under a Bad Sign and Blues at Sunrise. His own material included several songs off his fine Lightning Strikes album and a couple from the older "Round One" album. Songs with plenty of feeling and variation such as Nocturne and my own favourite Between Heaven and Hell.

He is a guitarist¹s guitarist without any doubt and he has played with many of the best over the years. Gregg is now rightly regarded as one of America¹s elite session men. In recent times he has been the featured soloist on IMAX film Ocean Oasis.

Closing with a couple of Hendrix numbers resulted in rapturous applause. Gregg stayed on to sign CDs and chat to the audience. Very relaxed, very informal and all in all very impressive. His next stop is Ipswich were he will be running a guitar clinic and launching a new Carlsboro combo amp quickly followed by two more gigs in the south east before flying back to the States for a Jimi Hendrix birthday tribute at BB Kings Blues Club.

He hopes to be over in the UK again in Spring 2003. Lets hope he will return to Wirral for next year¹s festival.
- Reviewed by Tragic Sally, November 2002 - Pacific Road Theater


Gregg Wright Band ­ Pacific Road


Californian based Gregg¹s first visit to the Festival and what a welcome he received. A full house again at Pacific Road to see what must be one of the most innovative guitarists of our time. Not only is he a great player but he even makes it more difficult by playing a right-handed guitar left handed ­ but still strung right handed! In other words the guitar is in effect upside down. He later told me that this was how he learned to play and although he can play right handed he can¹t play so well that way. Whatever the background this was a superb performance. The three-piece band was made up of Gregg on guitar and vocals, Norfolk based Adam Clarkson on Bass and excellent local drummer Chris Jacob on drums. Some may know Chris as the drummer with local band Funky Monks. During the night Gregg played two Stratocasters. His Hendrixesque style and influences are clear but Gregg is his own man and puts his own stamp on every song he plays. Also worth a mention are his excellent vocals which can easily be overlooked given his outstanding ability on guitar. In every sense this was a first class performance.

The two set gig comprised a mixture of self penned material and covers of great blues/rock classics such as Albert Kings Born Under a Bad Sign and Blues at Sunrise. His own material included several songs off his fine Lightning Strikes album and a couple from the older "Round One" album. Songs with plenty of feeling and variation such as Nocturne and my own favourite Between Heaven and Hell.

He is a guitarist¹s guitarist without any doubt and he has played with many of the best over the years. Gregg is now rightly regarded as one of America¹s elite session men. In recent times he has been the featured soloist on IMAX film Ocean Oasis.

Closing with a couple of Hendrix numbers resulted in rapturous applause. Gregg stayed on to sign CDs and chat to the audience. Very relaxed, very informal and all in all very impressive. His next stop is Ipswich were he will be running a guitar clinic and launching a new Carlsboro combo amp quickly followed by two more gigs in the south east before flying back to the States for a Jimi Hendrix birthday tribute at BB Kings Blues Club.

He hopes to be over in the UK again in Spring 2003. Lets hope he will return to Wirral for next year¹s festival.
- Reviewed by Tragic Sally, November 2002 - Pacific Road Theater




review of "King of the Rockin' Blues!" CD


"Excellent collection of all original material. Killer guitar and powerful vocals. Very well produced, great-sounding CD!"


- Electric Blues


SOUTHLAND BLUES

Gregg Wright

King of the Rockin' Blues

Left Hook Records:

"With his program of original songs, bluesman Gregg Wright breathes fire and sizzles eloquently while he tells stories of the way things are and the way they ought to be. Contemporary in his presentation with a powerful band to underscore his skyrocket guitar, Wright holds, nevertheless, to the tradition of blues complaints and an outpouring of emotional wails. "(I'm Makin') Plenty of No Money" tells what it's like to make do in today's economy, "Cry Myself A River" in the depths of despair, "Come and Get It" gives the final answer on a meaningful relationship, and "King of the Rockin' Blues" celebrates Wright's own career with a rhythmic jump step that stretches across all 50 states and beyond.

With guests Zac Harmon on guitar and Jimmy Z on harp, Wright sings "I'm My Own Boss Man" for a session high point that carries a powerful message. Guitarist Coco Montoya joins him on "The Politics of Fear" with another message about how to handle yourself in today's "big-brother is always watching" society. Percussionist Munyungo Jackson gives "Tricked by the Devil" a rhythmic landscape that builds another high point for Wright as he sings about what's right and what's not fair. Lester Chambers' soulful blues harp gives "Between Heaven and Hell" a somber outlook that again recalls the earliest form of blues in its contemporary format. Finally, Wright's dedication to the people of New Orleans, "Brick by Brick," helps him explain where feeling belongs in music and how much meaning can be fused into a few aching lyric verses."

Jim Santella - Southland Blues




review of "King of the Rockin' Blues!" CD


"Excellent collection of all original material. Killer guitar and powerful vocals. Very well produced, great-sounding CD!"


- Electric Blues


Discography

Gregg Wright: "King of the Rockin' Blues!"
Release date: November 13, 2009
Label: Left Hook Records
Written and Produced by Gregg Wright

Gregg Wright "Lightning Strike"
Release Date: November 15, 2002
Label: Left Hook Records
Recording Dates: Oct. 2001- Oct. 2002
Produced, Written and Directed by Gregg Wright

Zac Harmon: "The Blues According to Zachariah"
*featured guest guitarist
Release Date: Sept., 2005
Label: Bluestone Records

"Ocean Oasis"
IMAX Movie Soundtrack
Release Year: 2000
Produced By:
Soames Summerhays
Summerhays Films, Inc.

Gregg Wright's Left Hook
"Round One"
Release Date: 1996
Label: Left Hook Records
Produced and written by Gregg Wright

Gregg Wright
"World Rock"
Release Date: 1992
Label: Quality
Produced By: Gregg Wright

Mick Fleetwood's Zoo
"Shakin' the Cage"
Release Date: 1992
Label: Capricorn / Warner Brothers

The Gap Band
"Round Trip"
Release Date: 1989
Label: Capitol

Berlin
"The Best Of Berlin 1979 - 1988"
Release Date: 1989
Label: Geffen

Tracie Spencer
"Tracie Spencer"
Release Date: January 22, 1988
Label: Capitol

Tyren Perry
"Don't Rush It"
Release Date: 1988
Label: Columbia

Berlin
"Count Three and Pray"
Release Date: 1986
Label: Geffen / Mercury

The Jackson's
"Victory"
Release Date: 1984
Label: Columbia / Epic

Gregg Wright
"Khamsin"
Release Date: 1978
Label: RCS

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Bio

GREGG WRIGHT: "King of the Rockin' Blues"

Gregg Wright, is "in the top echelons of the world's great Blues guitarists" according to the international publication, Blues Matters. He is also a soulful singer and killer live performer whose guitar playing leaves audiences breathless . . . "Gregg Wright has an extra gear most guitarists don't have" raves Bluesman Zac Harmon. His skill set's been honed by years of live performing.

Gregg Wright, began his professional career on the U.S. Southern circuit in the mid -1970's. He played years of one-nighters around Louisiana and Texas, opening shows for many a Blues legend. "I was privileged to work and learn in the presence greatness!" says Gregg. "I opened shows for Albert King and Freddie King mostly, and learned a great deal from them. Being around them really energized me. I owe them a huge debt of gratitude!"

An '80's move from Louisiana to Los Angeles saw Wright become a session man and "hired gun" touring guitarist. His reputation grew over the next decade doing albums and tours with Mick Fleetwood, Michael Jackson, the Gap Band, Berlin and Spencer Davis.


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